A BIT ABOUT ESTORIL
Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, the Estoril Coast stretches all the way from the Tagus Estuary to the Guincho Beach. Thanks to its close proximity to Lisbon and therefore quickly and easily accessible, ESTORIL is well served by rail and road, most notably the scenic coast road known as the Estrada Marginal.
The Estoril coast's climate is temperate throughout the year and never subject to any extreme weather conditions. Estoril has wonderful beaches like "Praia de Tamariz" near the Estoril Train Station.
Estoril has excellent restaurants offering a wide choice of fish and seafood. Our VT group had dinner here Saturday at a restaurant near the Estoril Casino. The Casino is the largest in Europe.
Hans and I walked a few times to Estoril from Cascais, as a continuous promenade runs from Sao Joao de Estoril to Cascais.
VT Euromeet - Saturday 30th May 09 Estoril
"Another Great Night"
Saturday night - After a great day out at Sintra and Cabo da Roca, we all met up at the Estoril Restaurant, which was just behind the famous Estoril Casino.
I'm afraid that this was all that I got to see of Estoril, apart from the short walk from the train station, and passing by on the train from Cascais to Lisbon and back. I was intending to return during my stay in Cascais, but I'm afraid that I didn't get the chance.
Estoril is located about 15km from Lisbon, and lends its name to the former 'Sun Coast'. The Estoril coast runs from Carcavelos to Guincho,
Like its neighbour Cascais, Estoril is an elegant coastal resort.
There are remains of Roman mansions dating back around 2,000 years, and more recently it was the residence of Juan de Borbón, a pretender to the Spanish throne. During WW2 exiled royals and nobility made their homes here, with espionage agents adding to the atmosphere!
Once a renowned fishing village, its income today comes from tourism - visitors from Portugal and abroad being attracted to its sandy beaches, pleasant climate (warm winters and comfortable summer temperatures), its Casino-which is the largest in Europe (and is said to have been the inspiration for Ian Flemings James Bond novel of Casino Royale), and motor racing. It was once host to the F1 races. There are also 2 golf courses.
It is a half an hour journey by train from Lisbon, and I liked it more than the beach in Cascais, which is the next train stop. In Estoril there were fewer people, more privacy and you could choose, whether you want to lie on the sand of stones. I picked up the sand, which was a mistake, I brought much sand to the Czech Republic in my pockets, bag, it is everywhere..